Each year at the KU Environmental Engineering Conference, the faculty of the Environmental Engineering and Science graduate program announce the recipient of the J. Lloyd Barron Award. Lloyd Barron was a dedicated alumnus who served as an instructor in the Sanitary Engineering program and as an assistant engineer for the Kansas State Board of Health from 1923 to 1929. After leaving KU, Mr. Barron joined the National Biscuit Company as an industrial hygienist, but he never forgot KU or the Sanitary Engineering program. To assist students, Mr. Barron established a student loan fund, which he later converted into an endowment to provide recognition each year for an outstanding student in the program.
Chelsea Q. Linvill was selected by the faculty to receive this year's J. Lloyd Barron Award. Chelsea is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where she received her B.S. degree in Environmental Science. She is currently a Captain in the U.S. Army, stationed at Fort Leavenworth. She plans to complete the requirements for an MS degree in Environmental Science at KU this May, and to then return to West Point as an instructor. Her thesis research, under the direction of Dr. Belinda Sturm, focused on optimizing operating conditions to select for denitrifying phosphorus accumulating organisms at the Wakarusa Wastewater Treatment Plant in Lawrence.
In selecting the recipient of this award, the faculty consider not only academic excellence, but also achievements, character qualities, and special contributions that add an extra dimension to our program. Chelsea is not only an outstanding student but also a leader, both in the classroom and off campus, and a great colleague and classmate. She serves as the Human Resources Officer for her battalion, establishing and administering plans, policies, and procedures for awards submissions, leave programs, casualty operations, voting assistance programs, public affairs, and mail operations. As a graduate student at KU Chelsea has contributed to the learning environment by actively participating in classroom discussions and asking excellent questions, and has helped build our program’s esprit de corps by engaging with her colleagues inside and outside the classroom. As a member of American Water Works Association, she has offered to assist the Kansas Section in locally implementing AWWA’s Veterans Workforce Initiative. We commend Chelsea for her accomplishments, congratulate her on receiving this award, and offer her our best wishes for future success.